I'm trying to get back slowly as, many of you know, January has been a rough month. The bathroom is gutted and will stay that way for a while. My mom's funeral was beautiful, this past Saturday, and many commented on how well I spoke as well as my brother Baron. They loved the slideshow and the music we chose which I might place on here in the near future. My car accident, the day before the funeral, was an unfortunate surprise and which I still beat myself up. I am feeling it a bit in the neck and shoulders but I am ok which is a good thing. We bought a car! It is the newest car I ever owned, a 2013 Honda Civic and it comes with snow tires and has other extras. So, at least we are now moving forward and, since I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, time will let me know the answers. Now on with my movie list which I had a tough time thinking up films that fit this theme...A story within a story. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen...
I had to find a Hitchcock film because I think Hitchcock often chose a story within a story. Ingrid Bergman plays a doctor at an insane asylum with the new head of the asylum played by (hubba, Hubba) Gregory Peck. The problem is that Gregory Peck is not a doctor but is an amnesiac and may have even killed the doctor he is impersonating. It is a romance, suspense and quite advanced for its day since the dream sequence was created by Salavdor Dali who, I think, is a great artist. Through dreams we see Peck's story evolve and learn who he is. Layers are being pulled away until we finally get to the truth. Love everything about this film.
2. TIME BANDITS-1981
I have no idea why I don't own this movie because it is one of my favourites. The director is Terry Gilliam from Monty Python fame and one who always creates fun, dark films with many themes. This film has a young boy, neglected by his parents, who travels with a bunch of dwarves that came out of his wardrobe cupboard. They stole a map from their employer, the Supreme being, and now travel with the young boy through time on their quest to find treasure. They end up singing to Napoleon, travelling through the middle ages meeting Robin Hood, and land on the Titanic. At one point, the boy is separated from the tiny group and feels right at home with Agamemnon, played by Sean Connery. Throughout his adventure, the young boy takes photos including when they all end up in the grasps of Mr. Evil, played wonderfully by David Warner. I loved the whole adventure, the time travel and the characters.
3. LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY-2001 TO 2003
Love, love, love these films! I can't say enough about this epic journey that starts with the Hobbits and ends up at the evil place of Mordor. Frodo with his best friend Samwise, Pippin and Merry head out with Gandolf, the old Wizard, to start the epic journey of bringing the ring back to Mordor and throw it into the volcano from whence it came since the ring is evil. They meet Fairies, dwarves, ogres, men and talking trees. Many try to help and many try to stop them. It is epic and worth understanding how Tolkien, a World War One vet, hated war, hated what was happening to the world and decided to create a masterpiece. Tolkien was a strong believer in nature, forests, animals and peace. he was opposed to the destruction of land in the name of progress and in war since he had seen and experienced the horrors of it. I loved The fairy worlds, the epic scale of the production design, the cinematography, the costumes, the great score, the acting and their story. We see Merry and Pippin become men and lead an army. We see Frodo change from an idealistic Hobbit to one changed forever due to the power of the ring. Also, I love that Christopher Lee, who played Saruman, had met Tolkein, read the trilogy every year and became an expert for Peter Jackson and others on the set.
What films can you think of that fit this theme?